Meet gorgeous 18 year old Zoe Barnard. Born in Hong Kong, and Canberra based, the Australian of Indian heritage made her modelling debut at Australian Fashion Week earlier this year. The fresh faced beauty has already caught the eye of French Vogue and is poised for big things and we caught up with her on the set of our Simple Things campaign.
Country Road: How did you feel about being cast for the Country Road campaign?
Zoe Barnard: My agent called me, I was studying at the time (I’m in year 12 right now), and said "oh by the way Zoe congratulations, you got the Country Road campaign". I didn’t know what to do. I was so happy but it didn't seem real because I was just looking at a mountain of maths tests.
CR: Is it a brand you have loved and worn for a while?
ZB: Yeah, everyone at my school has the Country Road tote bags. I have one too and use it all the time. It is such a convenient size.
CR: What can't you live without in your wardrobe?
ZB: A really good pair of well-fitting, preferably high-waisted, jeans.
CR: What have you been enjoying so far about today's shoot?
ZB: It’s just been so much fun. Everyone here is so lovely and Lachlan is really easy to work with. The other models are so friendly. For such a big campaign I thought it would bea lot stiffer but everyone is so relaxed - it's nice.
CR: What do you love most about Australian summer?
ZB: Summer to me means days by the coast. I live in Canberra, but every summer I go down the coast with family and my dog. We go exploring along the rocks or walk along the beach every day.
CR: Do you have any favourite beaches?
ZB: I love Guerilla Bay, it's not as well known, but there is a certain magic about it.
CR: How would you describe your personal style?
ZB: Simplistic. I like having few key statement pieces and not going too over the top.
CR: Where do you get your inspiration from?
ZB: I always shop with the brands that I have been working with, because I get to see how they are styled. I always have a little love affair with the brand once I do a shoot with them. I love vintage shopping in Canberra, and my mum always gives me her clothes from when she was my age. She gave me a pair of Versace jeans the other day that she used to wear and I'm obsessed.
CR: Do you have a hidden talent or a secret passion?
ZB: I am very passionate about film and the whole concept of film making. I think it's such a powerful medium.
CR: Anything coming up work wise or personally?
Zoe: I potentially might be moving to New York, but probably not until next year.
CR: Is there something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time?
ZB: There are a lot of things I dream of doing; I have a bucket list at the moment. It has about 200 things on it. I've listed small things like asking to have the regular at a café, and bigger things like moving to New York.
CR: What is a simple thing can you not live without?
ZB: A good pair of jeans, I live in my jeans. I love high-waisted styles, they give you shape and they’re so comfortable. My mum gave me this amazing pair that she use to wear in the eighties, they fit like a glove, I wear them all the time. Cropped denim is also great for spring.